The fangirl is an important, oft-disparaged voice in the realm of pop culture. From The Beatles and Elvis to One Direction and baritone British actors, fangirls are some of the most important influencers in media. With the invention of the internet, they’re more empowered than ever, and as fangirls ourselves, we’ve got your guide to the best fangirl entertainment in 2017.
Sherlock, January 1
Season 4 of Sherlock, the Masterpiece series starring every fangirl’s dream husband returns next year with an all-new villain. Although we’ll miss shipping Sheriarty, Toby Jones fits the bill of a politely deranged English villain, and we cannot wait for this latest installment.
The Bachelor, January 2
America, we’re coming up on 21 seasons of the trashiest television in the history of the human race. What better way to work off that NYE hangover than by watching 30 respectable young women throw themselves at sales executive Nick Viall?
Shadowhunters, January 2
The fantasy series based on the best-selling YA books returns to Freeform with season 2. Shadowhunters is every fangirl’s dream: angsty teens, LGBTQ characters, vampires, werewolves, and choice dialogue such as, “You really think love will keep you from hurting your family and friends?”
Bones, January 3
After declining ratings, FOX is sending off crime series Bones with a shortened 12 episode season. According to Screenrant, viewers will be left with an “epic serial killer storyline, as well as a wedding, and even a lumberjack competition”.
Victoria, January 15
Downton Abbey fans can stop crying over loss of their beloved British period drama series. Victoria, starring Jenna Coleman and Rufus Sewell, will follow the young monarch of the same name, who inherited the throne at the age of 18.
Riverdale, January 25
The CW’s new series Riverdale is being hailed as Archie Comics meets Twin Peaks, though the high school murder mystery vibe is giving us more Marlene King, and less David Lynch. Either way: sign us up.
Big Little Lies, February 19
Based on the best-selling book with the same name, HBO’s newest limited series stars Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, and Shailene Woodley. Big Little Lies is basically The First Wives Club only with less group dance numbers and more group jogging.
Anne, the upcoming eight-part series produced and broadcast by Canada’s CBC, will be streamed globally on Netflix some time in the spring. Newcomer Amybeth McNulty portrays the titular role of Anne, an orphaned outsider fighting for acceptance and her place in the world.
13 Reasons Why, TBA
Another book to film adaptation on the list, 13 Reasons Why is a brand-new Netflix original series based on Jay Asher’s best-selling book of the same name. The show centers around the life of Clay Jensen after his crush Hannah decides to end her life.